expected face by Katherine Young
A composer, teacher and bassoonist based in Atlanta, Katherine's piece is about navigating and processing the realities of a relationship unraveling during this strange time of quarantine and confinement.
Music by: Katherine Young
Text by: A. Martinez
Soprano: Emily Scott
Piano: Stephen Karr
The Longest Improvisation (excerpts used)
Meaning had fallen off
I peered into
bathroom mirror through hesitant steam,
an expected face, different.
The mattress began to cup
my body like a soft coffin, in the stillest
moment of morning
the longest improvisation, we
lie together, cadavers. A map.
An empty dawn congeals
above humidifier, hum and ire.
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